Southport Jazz Festival

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With less than two weeks to go until this year’s annual Southport Jazz Festival, put the date in your diary as many of the acts are completely free.

The 14th Southport Jazz Festival runs from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 11 at various locations across the town and this year, the weather will not be able to spoil enthusiasts’ enjoyment, as all the events will be indoors.

This year’s programme offers 5 ticketed concerts and 33 free or ‘free to diners’ gigs covering a wide range of jazz styles moving from mainstream over to Swing, Dixie, Trad, Gypsy, Funk and Blues as well as young up and coming bands and some smooth jazz vocalists.

Acclaimed vocalist, Jacqui Dankworth, will be the headline act at The Atkinson while Liverpool a cappella trio ‘Barbieshop’ will perform in the foyer of the building on Saturday morning (May 10).

Swing singer Lyn Fairbanks and her band who perform again at The Bold Hotel, who will be hosting 8 free concerts throughout the weekend.

Pubs, restaurants and bars around town plus Southport Market and Wayfarers Arcade will all be bringing back firm favourites to entertain such as popular guitarist Vernon Fuller, Perfectly Frank and the fabulous Cottonhouse Shakers who raised the roof last year at The Coronation pub in King Street.

This year new musicians and bands such as guitarist Gary Potter, Chicago Teddybears, The Weave from Liverpool and wonderful world jazz pianist Philip Clouts will all be in town.

The much anticipated showcase of emerging bands will be at the Masonic Hall on Sunday afternoon (May 11) and opens with impressive Leeds guitarist Nik Svarc and ends with the dynamic Endangered Species – a 7 piece band from Manchester.

For full programme information, including ticketed concerts at The Atkinson, The Avenue and Southport Melodic Jazz Club call 01704 533333.

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